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17th April 2014, 18:45
BBC News - UK unemployment falls to five-year low of 2.2m (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27046681)

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five-year low of 2.24m in the three months to February, official figures indicate.

The unemployment rate now stands at 6.9% of the adult working population, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

It is also the first time since the recession that unemployment has fallen below 7%.

Average earnings in the three months to February grew 1.7% compared with a year earlier.

At just over 30 million, the number of people in work remained at its highest level in a generation.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell by 30,400 to 1.14 million in March.

The jobless figure for 16 to 24-year-olds fell by 38,000 in the three months to February to 881,000, the lowest for five years.

And the number of people classed as self-employed rose by 146,000 to 4.5 million, the highest since records began in 1992.

BBC News - UK house prices still accelerating, ONS says (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27032636)

The rate at which house prices are rising has continued to increase, according to official figures.

Prices across the UK rose by 9.1% in the year to February 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported.

That was a considerable jump from the annual rate of 6.8% in January.

BBC News - ONS: After six years, wage rises match inflation (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27047966)

After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation.

Weekly wages, including bonuses, rose by 1.7% in the year to February, up from 1.4% in January, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Pound Rises Toward 4-Year High as Jobless Rate Drops; Gilts Fall - Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-16/pound-strengthens-toward-4-year-high-as-u-k-jobless-rate-falls.html)

The pound approached a four-year high against the dollar after the U.K. unemployment rate fell more in the three months through February than analysts forecast, adding to signs the economy is gaining traction.

Is there no end to all this good news?

17th April 2014, 18:51
Is there no end to all this good news?

Not until after the election.

Baaaaa! Baaaaa!